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Route 66 Fly / Self Drive – Chicago, St Louis, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Los Angeles – Ultimate US Fly Drive

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Day 1 Arrival Chicago

Depart London Heathrow – 1140
Arrive Chicago – 1355
Journey Time – 8 hours 30 minutes

Upon arrival into Chicago O'Hare airport collect your car rental & proceed to your overnight hotel located in downtown Chicago, here you can begin your own historic 'road trip' after settling in. Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, Michigan Avenue, Watertower Place, the Navy Pier, the Merchandise Mart, Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum are not far away.

As you explore one or a selection of these world class attractions, you can begin thinking about your upcoming journey on the Mother Road. Although Route 66 virtually parallels the interstate anywhere portions of the actual road exist, even today hundreds of men & women, young and old, take this trip every year from Chicago to Los Angeles. America unfolds as you travel through the Ozarks, authentic American towns in southwest and vast open deserts. You can start your trip at Grant Park, the exact place where Route 66 begins.

Route 66 through Illinois was first used by Native Americans as a trading path followed by fur trappers and traders who sought a path to the Mississippi River to ship their goods downstream to French New Orleans. Al Capone and the rumrunners kept the road busy right after it became the first fully paved highway in Illinois in the early 1920s. When the old Route 66 road signs came down in 1977, the strong relationship of the road to the people who travel it brought new Historic Route 66 signs back almost immediately. When the highway department would not pay for them, bake sales, auctions, festivals and other truly American events raised money to bring them back.

Overnight - Chicago, IL 


Day 2
Chicago to St. Louis – 300 miles

Most of today will be spent traveling through Illinois farmlands on your way to St. Louis, the crossroads where highways from Chicago, Kansas City, Memphis, Nashville, and Indianapolis meet. The city was originally the focal point of Indian trails that ran all across the US and the jumping off point for Lewis and Clark's Expedition of Discovery to open the West through the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase. It will also be your jumping off point to points south and west, as you begin your journey through the wide open spaces.

Springfield, the Illinois State Capital, is Abraham Lincoln country. He left here to serve as President of the United States during the most awful period in American history, the Civil War and returned as a fallen hero, a casualty of the same war. New Salem where Lincoln lived and worked for six years has been reconstructed. Costumed interpreters bring the village alive. The Lincoln Home National Historic Site is the centerpiece of a four block historic neighborhood. The President's Tomb, Presidential Library and original law office are also open for touring.

As you cross from Illinois into Missouri you'll be crossing the historic Chain of Rocks Bridge. Be sure to stop at Ted Drew's Frozen Custard, serving Route 66 travelers since 1929. In St. Louis, the original Route 66 tracked through town very near the Gateway Arch and we definitely recommend riding the elevator inside Arch to the top of the 630 foot structure. Spectacular views of the Mississippi River await. In the evening, you can catch up with the St. Louie Blues, which were born right here and taste the fruits of Anheuser-Busch, the world's largest brewer.

 Overnight - St. Louis, MO 


Day 3
St. Louis to Springfield - 210 miles

Route 66 from St. Louis to Springfield, Missouri takes you through the lush rolling hills of the Missouri Ozark Mountains. The road follows the Great Osage Trail, a major Indian path across the state and a route used by Jess James, of famed James Gang fame, who locals knew as 'just a nice Missouri boy!' One of the most famous attractions on Route 66, Meramec Caverns was also used by the James Gang as a hideout when escaping the law. Lester Dill who owns Meramec Caverns started the American advertising institution, the bumper sticker, when he gave away portable advertising to all who stopped by to visit.

Much of the rural Ozark region, punctuated by the second
oldest mountains in the world, looks much as it did when the first settlers arrived. Springfield has been bustling since the St. Louis-San Francisco railroad arrived in 1870. Even though most of Route 66 through here is now Interstate-44, remnants of the old road are everywhere just off the highway.

Interestingly, Springfield is considered the mother of the Mother Road itself. It was here that Cyrus Avery of Oklahoma who fought for a route through Oklahoma met with John Woodruff of Springfield, to plan and promote the idea of an interregional link that would bring trade and access to the area. In honor, Springfield has preserved much of the old highway frontage along St. Louis Street as well as the 'Chestnut Expressway.' If you're a fan of western lore, delve into the 'Wild' Bill Hickock legend surrounding his fellow gambler Dave Tutt. There are so many different stories no one really knows what happened.

Overnight - Springfield, MO


Day 4
Springfield to Tulsa to Oklahoma City - 310 miles

Oklahoma was the home of Cyrus Avery, who came to be known as the 'Father of Route 66.' After he was appointed to head the commission that reviewed the routes of new national highways, he fought for several years to bring a major highway through his home state, knowing it would boost the economy. Ultimately, he was successful in the choice of a route that followed the National Old Trails Road in 1925, which just happened to cross right through the middle of Oklahoma.

'Been on this road for a mighty long time,
Ten million men like me,
You drive us from you' town
We ramble around
And got them 66 Highway Blues.'

Woody Guthrie of 'This Land is Your Land' fame who hailed from Oklahoma, illustrated the icon which Route 66 had already become in a song that told of the plight of the Okies fleeing to California. The Los Angeles police stationed themselves at the Arizona border in 1934 to stop the flood of Dust Bowlers looking for a better life.

Southwest of Springfield, you'll begin to see why they would leave, as the landscape changes from the rich crop raising Midwest into the American southwest; red, dry and dusty. During the1930s, more than 15% of Oklahoma's population took Route 66 to escape the constantly blowing sand. They picked up their belongings, their families, their hopes and their dreams and headed west.

After World War II, the pretty Oklahoma City referred to by the Nat King Cole in 'Get Your Kicks on Route 66' rose to new heights during the oil boom (the State Capitol is the only one in the country with an oil well on the grounds), only to suffer a dramatic decline at the end of the 1980s. Since then, the city has gone through an astounding transformation which continued during the re-building which followed the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. The monument to the victims is very moving and an adjacent museum tells the story.

For nightlife, make sure you visit Bricktown, a former warehouse district that has been reinvigorated with restaurants, cafes, night clubs and a vibrant atmosphere.

Overnight - Oklahoma City, OK


Day 5
Oklahoma City to Amarillo - 260 miles

For the traveler going west on Route 66, Texas is Cowboy Country. It is here that some of the most wonderful icons of Route 66, those 'functional simple buildings that were adorned with all manner of exterior signs promising all things larger than life, still exist. Two headed snakes, reptile farms, alligators, wondrous caves and petrified mummies all vied for the attention of the vacationer in a unique side show that would have made P. T. Barnum proud. The tales carried home from these vacations would entice and amaze the neighborhood for months.

Amarillo is one of the last places on earth where the Old West is just minutes away or depending on where you are, could be closer than that. The vast ranches of the Texas Panhandle, some numbering in the millions of acres are just outside of Amarillo. Shortly after being discovered by Spanish explorer Francisco Coronado in 1541, the area became a magnet for cattlemen and sheep herders from all points of the compass looking for fresh grazing grounds. As the Dust Bowl farmers headed to California, more cattlemen and cowhands moved in to claim the same territory for ranching. Step into 'The Real Texas' as the locals say.

Today, Amarillo and the surrounding Panhandle area is still a unique blend of the Old West and the New West, populated by American cowboys, roughnecks and self made millionaires and the ever present oil derricks. Working ranches, essentially unchanged from the day-to-day operations of the late nineteenth century peacefully coexist with a vibrant twenty-first century economy powered by petroleum. More than 2 million cattle are still shipped out of Amarillo each year. Make sure to drive Amarillo Boulevard which is the original Route 66 that is still lined with block after block of strip shopping centers and roadside motels straight out of the 1950s.

Overnight - Amarillo, TX


Day 6
Amarillo to Tucumcari, NM - 120 miles

For many people traveling the old Mother Road during its hey-day, New Mexico presented their first glimpse of the more exotic cultures of the Southwest. To people who had never left the Midwest before, it was as if they had entered another country. Back then, the Native American and Spanish cultures were much stronger, not having been diluted as much with contemporary life. It was a fascinating heritage of old Indian Pueblos that dated back to before European colonization and Santa Fe and Albuquerque that looked like they could have fallen straight out of Mexico with adobe buildings and a Spanish plaza in the middle town. What adventure and discovery these lands presented; a phenomenal contrast to Middle America.

Unique to New Mexico also was the number of Mom and Pop businesses that sprung up along Route 66. Some are still there. More amazing are the materials used to create workable spaces for the businesses. Crates left over from World War II became the walls of a motor court. Oilcans became shingles used to roof a service station. Cast away bottles and roadside trash became the material to create a wondrous roadside attraction. Diners could be ordered from a catalog and shipped by railroad to their destination. These are the same icons we marvel at along the road that so represented America's love affair with the automobile. As a result, New Mexico still has the most miles of original Route 66 that can be driven today.

On your way between Amarillo and Tucumcari, New Mexico, be sure to stop at Cadillac Ranch to see the ten tail- finned Cadillacs buried in the sand.

Once nicknamed 'Six-Shooter Siding,' Tucumcari, New Mexico got its start in 1901 as a rowdy railroad camp filled with saloons and outlaws. Soon, it became one of the many small railroad towns in the southwest with a flagging economy and diminishing population. Today, Route 66 is critically important, since it was the new businesses that were established along Route 66 which allowed Tucumcari to hang on, when other towns failed completely. Realizing that they have one of a handful of authentic roadside towns still intact and thriving has promoted a renaissance and revival among the gentlemen and businesses who just refused to let this wonderful piece of Americana and the American 'road trip' pass away entirely. Let the signs that read 'Tucumcari Tonight!' beckon you to this interesting place.

Overnight - Tucumcari, NM


Day 7
Tucumcari to Albuquerque - 180 miles

Next up, Albuquerque - New Mexico's capital city. Younger than its more northerly counterpart, Santa Fe, Albuquerque was founded in 1706 by a group of Spanish colonists who were granted permission by the King of Spa
in to establish a new city on the river. Old Town Plaza was the result of Spain's Laws of the Indies which required setting a plaza at the center of any city. This Plaza still fronts the San Felipe Neri Church complex built in 1793 and the El Camino Real, the main route through town that connected Santa Fe and Albuquerque with Mexico City. The Santa Fe Trail also criss-crossed the region in 1821. Today, both routes are National Scenic Byways and All American Roads.

Historic neon signs still glow on the old Route 66 through Albuquerque which is now Central Avenue. Alongside the vintage signs, you'll see new versions put up by businesses that are continuing the aesthetic traditions of the old Route 66, adorning their shops with bright buzzing neon. The famous Route 66 continues to guide visitors through Albuquerque from the volcanoes on the city's far west side past the Rio Grande Botanical Garden and the Albuquerque Aquarium through the historic Old Towns and Downtown business districts and continuing eastward through the University of New Mexico and trendy Nob Hill, where you'll find many of the city's best restaurants, distinctive shops and boutiques.

Overnight - Albuquerque, NM


Day 8
Explore Albuquerque

As you complete the self-guided Historic Walking Tour from Plaza to Plaza, you will be passing from Old 'Villa Albuquerque' in Old Town, to the Downtown Civic Plaza, created in 1972. In between, you will witness 300 years of history.

It will be challenging to determine which other places to visit. Sandia Peak Tramway takes you over 2.5 miles to the 10,000 foot peak of the Sandia Mountains. Visit the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque Museum and the National Hispanic Cultural Center to learn more about local culture and history. Petroglyphs at the Petroglyph National Museum and El Morro National Monument reveal the life of ancient peoples who inhabited the area. The National Atomic Museum and Trinity Site, the exact spot where the first atomic bomb was detonated tell the story of this momentous event in American history.

Alternatively take a drive North East (approx 64 miles/1 hour) along Highway 25 to historic & cultural Santa Fe.

 Overnight - Albuquerque, NM


Day 9
Albuquerque to Chinle - 230 miles

On the way between Albuquerque and Chinle, you'll be entering the dramatic lands of western New Mexico and ultimately traveling through the Navajo Reservation. The New Mexico Mining Museum at Grants has replicated an entire uranium mine. Natural attractions include the El Malpais National Monument, the Continental Divide. The excavated Pueblo at Inspiration Rock dates back to AD 1200. Skirting the southern foothills of the Zuni Mountains, the drive along Highway 53 is likely the most scenic in all of New Mexico.

Staying with this route eventually brings you to Gallup, founded in 1881 when the Santa Fe railroad began operation along the route, This ‘Gateway To Indian Country' is the largest town close to the Navajo and other Indian Reservations of the Four Corners Region. It still has some of the some of the Southwest's largest trading posts and one of the best strips of neon signs you'll see anywhere on old Route 66.

Here head along a tributary to Route 66. The slight detour was also taken by Billy Connolly in his recent journey & accompanying television series - which, tomorrow, will allow you to visit the extraordinary Monument Valley one of the most majestic and photographed points on earth!.

Tonight will be spent in Chinle - located at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly which covers 130 square miles surrounding three major canyons. Many well preserved Anasazi ruins reveal the culture of the ancient peoples who lived in the area, ancestors of the present day Navajo who still farm the valley floor, a quite fascinating visit awaits you.

Overnight - Chinle, AZ 


Day 10
Chinle to Grand Canyon National Park - 235 miles

The drive from Chinle to Monument Valley will take you about 1 hour 30 minutes and the last 30 minutes as you approach Monument Valley is really quite spectacular. This dramatic landscape is the Wild West of countless cowboy movies.

Next amazing stop - The Grand Canyon which again is not actually on Route 66, but you couldn't miss one of the Seven Wonders of the World when you're this close. Once you reach the Grand Canyon, you'll soon discover standing on the South Rim that it is absolutely awesome; a massive and most dramatic natural wonder. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, 6,000 feet deep at its deepest point and 15 miles wide at it's widest.

The Canyon is a geologic mosaic of five life zones and three desert types. The higher elevations are covered by forests. The canyon rim is only a short stroll from the Canyon View Information Plaza. An eight-mile round trip on Hermit Road takes you to views of the river at Hopi, Mohave and Pima Points, as well as to Hermits Rest, a historic landmark with a great view of the river. The 25-mile scenic Desert View Drive delivers views of the canyon and the Colorado River at Moran Point, Lipan Point, and Desert View. Take a 30 minute flight over the canyon for the best view of all.

The newest attraction, the newly opened Grand Canyon Skywalk is a unique horseshoe-shaped structure which extends 70 feet beyond the edge of the Grand Canyon. Its glass-bottomed pathway allows visitors an opportunity to peer thousands of feet straight down into the Grand Canyon for a very unique perspective.

Overnight - Grand Canyon, AZ


Day 11
Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas - 300 miles

Everybody has to visit Las Vegas once in a lifetime and today is your day! It's a city founded on entertainment, glitter and fabulous night life. You can of course, try your hand at gambling, or let your hair down, enjoy yourself, take in a show, and otherwise let yourself be entertained! As they say in Las Vegas, 'what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.' Las Vegas has seen unbelievable expansion since it emerged from the desert 100 years ago, with sights and sounds that are enjoyed by over 38.9 million visitors every year. They stroll in some of the most glamorous, unique hotels in the world, eat at five-star restaurants and expansive buffets, play in pools, health spas and golf courses. Sometimes (many times, actually) they even marry each other. Enjoy whatever you choose to do!

Overnight - Las Vegas, NV 


Day 12
Explore Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Strip, now an All American Road and National Scenic Byway, is a sparkling fantasyland at the heart of the city. Its unique blend of exciting entertainment, scenic beauty, and lavishly landscaped resorts take you to a wide variety of exotic realms from a medieval castle to a Parisian sidewalk cafe, a lakeside Italian village, or a pyramid in ancient Egypt. Once you arrive on the Strip, however, you might be surprised to find that it's also an enjoyable walking environment. Whether it's pirates plundering, fiery volcanoes spouting or tropical gardens luring the weary, the Las Vegas Strip offers a variety of fascinating visual experiences.

Overnight - Las Vegas, NV 


Day 13
Las Vegas to Santa Monica/Los Angeles - 290 miles

Finally, after a journey through the Mojave Desert today, you'll reach the bright lights of Hollywood. It may be hard to believe that the area around Barstow was once covered by immense lakes ringed with Native American villages. When silver was discovered in Calico, the area became a mining center that included borax mining. Route 66 is
Main Street through Barstow. Just off Main on First Street, you'll discover the original Harvey House which gave rise to hospitality complexes all over the southwest.

Rainbow Basin about 15 miles north of Barstow is one of the lakebeds that existed between 10 and 30 million years ago. Calico Ghost Town is California's official Silver Rush Ghost Town, preserving one of the few original mining camps in the Old West. One third of the town is original with the rest constructed in the 'spirit' of Calico's Old West past. Today's destination, Santa Monica is where the Mother Road meets the Pacific Ocean at the Pier. Many a dream has begun and ended on those beaches.

Overnight - Los Angeles, CA 


Day 14
Explore Los Angeles/Santa Monica

The sky's the limit in Los Angeles. Take a go-behind-the scenes tour at Universal Studios Hollywood, visit the UCLA Armand Hammer Museum which presents the work of unprecedented artists, the California Heritage Museum, the Autry National Center Museum of the American West, the Aquarium of the Pacific, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Be sure to visit the new Getty Center perched high on a hill atop the city. The view doesn't get much better than that, and dont forget those last minute designer shopping items - call in at The Camarillo Premium Outlet Store located just 45 minutes north of Los Angeles Airport. Or if none of those things suit you, you can always go to Disneyland!

Overnight - Los Angeles, CA 


Day 15
Depart Los Angeles

Make sure you take some time to relax in the California sunshine before you catch your plane Savor your journey to the bright lights of California all the way home.

Depart Los Angeles – 17:45
Arrive London Heathrow – 12:00*
Journey time – 10hr 20mins
Arrival time into the U.K is the following day

 

*** Additional Stops for 21 Day Itinerary ***

Chicago, Illinois – 1 extra night (2 in total)

There's so much to see in this iconic city - famed Magnificent Mile, Michigan Avenue, Watertower Place, the Navy Pier, the Merchandise Mart, Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum to name but a few!

Springfield, Illinois - (Not to be confused with Springfield, Missouri already included) – 1 night

Explore the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

St Louis, MO - 1 extra night (2 in total)

Try your hand at some science experiments, interact with butterflies or immerse yourself in a little arts and culture – it's all in a day's fun in St. Louis, Missouri. From sports and shopping - to tours and attractions.

Santa Fe, New Mexico - 2 nights

One of the original routings of Route 66 that was abandoned went through Santa Fe, the capital city of New Mexico which was established 13 years before Plymouth Colony was settled by the Massachusetts Company. The city began with a handful of European style dwellings constructed by Spanish settlers and soon became the seat of power for the Spanish Empire north of the Rio Grande River. It began to prosper when Don Pedro de Peralta settled in 1610, the same year that Hampton, Virginia, the oldest continuous city on the East Coast, was settled. Santa Fe served as the capital of the Spanish Kingdom of New Mexico, the Mexican province of Nuevo Mejico, and the capital of the New Mexico Territory.

Once you arrive, it will be challenging to decide which locations to visit. Everything is focused on the Plaza, the center of the historic downtown. We suggest visiting the Palace of the Governors, the oldest public building still in use in America, constructed in 1610. It is now a southwestern history museum. The Museum of Fine Arts, next to the Palace, is older than the state itself. The extensive collection of southwestern art also includes paintings by Georgia O'Keefe, who called Santa Fe home for many years.

There are cultural museums of many other varieties, including the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the Georgia O'Keefe Museum, and World Folk Art, with diverse works from artisans all over the world. If that's not enough, there a huge list of art galleries, a myriad of restaurants and other interesting shops. Enjoy whatever you choose to do, there is more than enough to fill two days.

Grand Canyon - 1 extra night (2 in total)

Take a full day to explore the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. First stop should be the Visitor Centre located at the South Rim Village. Here you can pick up information on short hikes, special areas that you may wish to visit during the day and helicopter or airplane rides over the Grand Canyon. A visit to see the El Tovar Lodge if you are not staying there is a must, but we also suggest any of the scenic stops or even taking one of the guided coach tours that will explain the history and geology of the area. Another must is a visit to the IMAX Theatre located close to your hotel for a thrilling 3D show based around the Grand Canyon.

We strongly suggest you that spend one of your evenings and maybe even an early morning at the Grand Canyon Rim to experience the spectacular sunrise and sunset.

Los Angeles - 1 extra night (3 in total)

There's so much to see and do in this amazing city... Take a tour of Los Angeles and Movie Stars Homes, the Hollywood Trolley Tour, the California Science Center, the Music Center, the Japanese American National Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Grand Avenue, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and more. 

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Why book your 'Route 66' road trip with Complete North America?

  • Our specialist knowledge & experience - at Complete North America we're passionate about the USA & we're continually striving to know the most and offer the best level of service possible throughout your entire encounter with us. You can even speak to members of our team who have driven Route 66.
  • Free one way car rental drop off fee on your Route 66 holiday - Worth more than $500! (offer applies to selected vehicles).
  • As well as offering you three levels of hotel categories to choose from depending on your preference & budget; 'Value', 'Moderate' & 'Superior' - we also offer a 14 night option as well as a 21 night option for each hotel category. Please also remember that we can work on any number of variations of this itinerary to suite your own individual requirements, the possibilities are endless… Please just give us a call on 0115 9610590 or drop us a line - tell us what you'd like and we'll do the rest!
  • Exclusive travel documentation package including EZ-66 guide, personalised maps, itinerary and driver directions along with all applicable tickets and vouchers.
  • PLUS... The opportunity to rent a Route 66 Turn by Turn Satellite Navigation System Guide from Complete North America - you're own personal tour guide! Rent a complete sat nav system for £18 per day. 

So.. Talk to people who've done it, get the most amazing route guide in the world, take the opportunity to rent our turn by turn Sat Nav Tour Guide, benefit from our exclusive airline, hotel and car rental deals and feel safe with our 100% financial protection....Oh but if you need a little more convincing that CNA are the market leaders for Route 66 Holidays - read what our customers had to say click here

So what's Route 66 All About?

Are you looking for the real America? Do you want to experience America during the days of 'cool' when television buddies Marty Milner and George Maharis drove their 'adventure bound' red corvette along Route 66 looking for fun? Do you want to get out of the fast lane of fast food and fast times and into the real heartland of the United States?

Welcome to the Mother Road, the route young men took from the Midwest to discover the glitz and glamour of LA and a road that still passes through small towns that haven't changed a lot since then. It was originally conceived to connect rural Oklahoma with Los Angeles and Chicago. It was originally pulled together using bits and pieces of existing roadways worked into a cohesive cord connecting towns, cultures and regions of a vast country, some of which had not had access before. You'll be astounded by the huge variety of places you experience between the steel and glass canyons of the Miracle Mile in Chicago to Grand Canyon National Park. The rich fields of the Midwest transform into red rock desert and back again once you arrive in central California. The road has tremendous American history. John Steinbeck observed in The Grapes of Wrath, 'they come into 66 from the tributary side roads, from the wagon tracks and the rutted country roads, 66 is the mother road, the road of flight' as he witnessed over 200,000 Dust Bowl farmers escaping to California.

By the time Route 66 had become America's Main Street, it was intended to be replaced entirely by the new Interstate highway system. Some of it has. But Route 66 refused to die so other places still have the wonderful old trading posts, filling stations, motels, tourist traps, and diners that have been there for decades. Preservation groups are working diligently to preserve what remains of the authenticity and icons of America's golden age of road trips. As you travel you can enjoy the scents of new mown hay and hickory smoke drifting from the pit barbeque chimneys. Taste a real American hamburger and a rich creamy malt prepared they way they used to be. Experience Sky City where Native Americans live exactly like they did four hundred years ago. Pull over along a deserted stretch in the Mojave and listen to the hum of millions of wheels that have passed this way.

We invite you to take a once in a lifetime road trip and drive a real piece of American history, while staying in a collection of completely unique accommodations related to Route 66 lore. Savour and enjoy this truly authentic American experience.

Please do remember we can work on any number of variations of this itinerary to suit your own individual requirements, the possibilities are endless… Please just give us a call on 0115 9610590 or drop us a line - tell us what you'd like and we'll do the rest!

Itinerary Summary

With over 2400 miles to cover Route 66 involves some substantial driving. For this reason we offer this program in both a 14 night and 21 night version. The summarised stops for each version are shown below. The extended program offers more time in major locations and also includes additional stops in Springfield, Illinois and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Modified versions of either itinerary to suit your own individual preferences can be prepared on request.

Accommodation

The accommodation used in this itinerary are all carefully selected for their contribution to your experience and their relationship with Route 66. Some are newly constructed. Others are newly restored and include properties that have accommodated travelers on Route 66 for decades. We are now offering three levels of hotel categories to choose from depending on your preference & budget; 'Value', 'Moderate' & 'Superior'. Of course we can work on any number of variations for this itinerary to suit your own individual requirements, the possibilities are endless…We would be glad to prepare a personalised quote for you on request.

Financial Protection  

By booking this complete package with Complete North America you benefit from reduced rates on flights, accommodation and car rental along with complete financial protection. Package holidays are sold by Complete North America Limited as a member of the Hays Travel Independence Group. All payments will be handled by Hays Travel Limited and will be financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under Hays Travel Limited's ATOL Number 10531. The ATOL scheme ensures that you will not lose the money you have paid over and will not be stranded abroad should the ATOL holder fail.

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Note: ‘From’ prices for both itineraries are per person based on 2 people sharing one room travelling in low season and are subject to availability. Click the 'Quick Enquiry' tab above or call us today on 0115 9610590 for an instant price based on your specific travel dates / travel party requirements.

14 night Itinerary

Hotel CategoryValueModerateSuperior
Prices From...£1449£1699£1949
ChicagoEssex InnHotel LincolnFairmont Millennium Park
St LouisBest Western St Louis / Kirkwood Inn**Omni MajesticOmni Majestic
SpingfieldBest Western Route 66 Rail Haven**Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven**Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven**
Oklahoma City
Best Western PLUS Saddleback Inn**Best Western PLUS Saddleback Inn**The Colcord
Amarillo
Big Texan MotelWyndham Garden Amarillo HotelMagnuson Grand Hotel**
Tucumcari
Motel SafariMotel SafariMotel Safari
Albuquerque
Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn**Sheraton Uptown HotelSheraton Uptown
Holbrook
Best Western Arizonian Inn**Best Western Arizonian Inn**Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly
Williams
Mountain Ranch Resort at Beacon HillGrand Canyon Railway HotelHoliday Inn Express(King Suite)**
Las Vegas
Tropicana HotelTropicana HotelThe Venetian
Los Angeles / Santa Monica
Best Western Gateway Santa MonicaWyndham  Santa Monica Beach at the PierInterContinental Beverley Hills

**Breakfast is included


21 night Itinerary

Hotel CategoryValueModerateSuperior
Prices From...£1849£2239£2489
ChicagoEssex InnHotel LincolnFairmont Millennium Park
Springfield, ILHoliday Inn Express**Crowne PlazaCrowne Plaza
St LouisBest Western St. Louis / Kirkwood Inn**Omni MajesticOmni Majestic
Spingfield, MOBest Western Route 66 Rail Haven**Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven**Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven**
Oklahoma City
Best Western Saddleback Hotel**Best Western Saddleback Hotel**Colcord Hotel
Amarillo
Big Texan MotelWyndham Garden Amarillo HotelMagnuson Grand Hotel**
Tucumcari
Motel SafariMotel SafariMotel Safari
Santa Fe
Courtyard by Marriott**Inn of the Governor's**Inn of the Governor's**
Albuquerque
Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn**Sheraton UptownSheraton Uptown
Holbrook
Best Western Arizonian Inn**Best Western Arizonian Inn**Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly
Williams
Mountain Ranch Resort at Beacon HillGrand Canyon Railway InnHolidy Inn Express (King Suite)**
Las Vegas
Tropicana HotelTropicana HotelThe Venetian
Los Angeles / Santa Monica
Best Western Gateway Santa MonicaWyndham Santa Monica Beach at the PierInterContinental Beverley Hills

**Breakfast is included


Route 66 flydrive inclusions:

  • Scheduled non-stop flights
  • UK & US Airport taxes
  • Accommodation - 14 or 21 nights
  • Compact car rental based on Alamo ‘Gold Rate' - 14 or 21 day rental
  • Exclusive travel documentation package including EZ-66 guide, personalised maps, itinerary and driver directions along with all applicable tickets and vouchers

Ground breaking Satellite Navigation Guide Now Available!

You can now also rent a Route 66 Turn by Turn Satellite Navigation Guide from Complete North America - You're own personal tour guide! Don't miss any of the famous 'Mother Road'. Rent a complete sat nav system for £17 per day - for more information click here

Extra Fees

 Some hotels now charge an in house daily 'resort fee' which covers things like WiFi, local shuttle service, business & fitness centres, steam room etc. irrespective of if any/all of these services are used. Hotels may also charge for parking be that self parking or valet parking. Where applicable, such fees are not included in your prepaid cost and payable by yourselves directly to hotel at check out.

Amendments

Please do remember we can work on any number of variations of this itinerary to suit your own individual requirements, the possibilities are endless… Please just give us a call on 0115 9610590 or drop us a line - tell us what you'd like and we'll do the rest!

Hotel Availability

Sometimes the hotels named in this itinerary are not available at the time of booking. Under these circumstances Complete North America will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard. Such changes will be confirmed in writing to you at the time of booking confirmation. If you are not completely happy with the alternative hotel we will happily discuss other possibilities with you in the same location.

Weather

As you are travelling from north to south across three quarters of America you can expect dramatically varying weather particularly as your elevation will also vary considerably as you travel across the plains, through the mountains and into the canyons. Layered clothing will make adjusting to these changes much easier for you and you should always look to consume water on a regular basis particularly at high elevations.

Best days to travel, seat assignments, special requests and flight upgrades

British Airways operate non-stop flights daily to/from Chicago and Los Angeles so subject to availability you can select the travel date that best suits you. Should you wish to fly with an alternative carrier we would also be happy to prepare a quote for you. Where available we will be delighted to take care of any special meal requests on your flights (vegetarian, child meals etc) – please discuss with us at the time of booking. We have exceptional deals on upgrades with British Airways to World Traveller Plus, Club World and FIRST. We have discounted prices for British Airways regional flights to Heathrow, please ask for details and if you are flying from Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland.

Ready to Book?

Call our booking line on 0115 961 0590 (Mon-Fri. 09.00-18.00 or Sat 10.00-17.00) or email us.
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Hawaii add-on 

From £699 per person

Paradise awaits...

Extend your trip with a visit to the beautiful island of Oahu, the Heart of Hawaii. Oahu is home to the State capital of Honolulu, which offers magnificent palaces, museums and art galleries as well as the world famous Waikiki Beach. Indulge in world class hotels, shopping and dining and visit the Memorial of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor or the Polynesian Cultural centre to experience the rich island tradition.

6 days/ 5 nights add-on to include: Roundtrip Transpacific flights (Between Mainland USA & Hawaii), Lei Meet & Greet at airport in Hawaii, Round-trip Airport Transfers and 5 nights hotel accommodation*

*'From' price based upon a Standard room at the Aqua Aloha Surf Hotel, Oahu (Upgrade options available)... Contact us for more details

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10 Reasons to do Route 66

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Route 66

14 Night Itinerary Summary

Chicago, IL
1 night
St. Louis, MO
1 night
Springfield, MO
1 night
Oklahoma City, OK
1 night
Amarillo, TX
1 night
Tucumcari, NM
1 night
Albuquerque, NM
2 nights
Chinle, AZ
1 night
Grand Canyon, AZ
1 night
Las Vegas, NV
2 nights
Los Angeles, CA
2 nights

21 Night Itinerary Summary

Chicago, IL
2 nights
Springfield, IL
1 night
St. Louis, MO
2 nights
Springfield, MO
1 night
Oklahoma City, OK
1 night
Amarillo, TX
1 night
Tucumcari, NM
1 night
Santa Fe, NM
2 nights
Albuquerque, NM
2 nights
Chinle, AZ
1 night
Grand Canyon, AZ
2 nights
Las Vegas, NV
2 nights
Los Angeles, CA
3 nights


USA Self Drives
Alaska & Yukon
Alaska & Yukon Highlights
Awesome Alaska
Yes! Yukon
American Rockies & The Canyons
Amazing Arizona
American Rockies to the Canyonlands
Canyonlands
Captivating Colorado
Denver, The Canyonlands & Las Vegas
Grand Canyon Country
Real American Rockies
Rockies, The Canyonlands & New Mexico
Seattle to Denver
Ultimate Utah
Yosemite to Yellowstone
California & The Pacific Northwest
CNA Western
CNA Western - Camp Drive
Hawaii, San Francisco & Las Vegas
Pacific Northwest Explorer
Seattle to Denver
Seattle to San Francisco
Value Collection - The West
Washington State: Natural Wonders
Western Classic
West Jamboree - Family
Western USA - Family
Yosemite to Yellowstone
Chicago & The Great Lakes
Great Lakes Experience
Incredible Illinois
ROUTE 66
Deep South & The Capital Region
Alabama Treats
Bama, Blues & Bands
Capital Region
CNA Deep South
Georgia, The Carolina's & The Great Smoky Mountains
Gorgeous Georgia
Historic Eastern Highlights
Lively Louisiana
Washington DC & The Southern USA
Wondrous West Viriginia
Hawaii
Hawaii Island Hopper
Hawaii, San Francisco & Las Vegas
+ More Hawaii Package Holidays
New York, New England & The East
Boston, Cape Cod, Newport & The Islands
CNA Inns of New England
Magnificent Massachusetts
Miraculous Maine
New England, Canada & Niagara Falls
New York & New England
New York, Niagara & Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania - American History Trail
Value Collection - Classic New England
Canada Self Drives
British Columbia & Alberta
Brilliant British Columbia
Coastal Canada & The Rockies
Ultimate Canadian Rockies
Value Collection - Canadian Rockies
Western Canada Circle
Nova Scotia
Noble Nova Scotia
Ontario
Outstanding Ontario
Quebec
Eastern Canada Contrasts
Quaint Quebec
Quebec & The Maritimes
New England, Canada & Niagara Falls
Yukon
Alaska & Yukon Highlights
Yes! Yukon
Route 66
Route 66 - Coach Tour
Route 66 - Fly Drive
Route 66 - Guided Motorcycle
Route 66 - Self -Guided Motorcycle
Route 66 - Soft Adventure

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